REEL CANADA wants to help the next generation of Canadian storytellers find a path to training in the booming Canadian film and television industry. New studios are opening nation-wide and production volume is rising at unprecedented rates. This means that there are more and more opportunities for young Canadians to find viable careers in the film and TV industry.
The REEL OPPORTUNITIES programme is simple: We bring a film industry professional or college-level instructor to your classroom or school to speak with students directly – completely free of charge!
Many students may not realize that there are literally hundreds of jobs involved in making a film. Through a series of workshops hosted by industry professionals, the REEL OPPORTUNITIES programme exposes young people to exciting new career options and the various paths that lead to them:
From highly specialized post-secondary training to apprenticeships in the trades accessible straight out of high school, the industry caters to a broad range of skills and interests.
If you are a high school teacher in Ontario and would like to host a REEL OPPORTUNITIES workshop for your class, get in touch! Workshop guests can provide an overview of film career paths or delve more specifically into an area of your choosing.
Our pilot season of the REEL OPPORTUNITIES workshop programme is fully booked!
If you would like to request an online workshop for the 2020/21 school year, please write us at [email protected]
Check out our comprehensive list of Jobs in Canada’s Film and TV industry. You’ll see what’s involved in film-making from start to finish: whether working on a small independent production, to being part of a huge, big-budget team, there’s a role for everyone to get excited about.
Ontario colleges and universities are ready to guide you on your path to success in Canada’s film and TV industry.
Whether you’re looking for a diploma, certificate, or honours bachelor’ degree, this page links you to programmes which can all be entered straight out of high school. From 1-year college programs to longer, 4-year university programs, there’s an option that’s right for you. Be sure to take a close look – they vary in terms of prerequisites and tuition costs.
Taking a film course in continuing education at a college or university can be a good way to test the waters of a particular field without committing to lengthier programmes. You’ll find links to them here, as well.
Disciplines like English, fine arts, business, and creative writing, which can provide excellent foundations for careers in film and TV are not listed here but may be worthy of consideration, and are mentioned where applicable on our Job Descriptions resource.
Looking even further ahead? Check out www.ontariocolleges.ca/en/programs and www.ontariouniversitiesinfo.ca for post-graduate or post-diploma programs in specialized areas of interest. They require prior college or university study.
Algonquin College – Illustration and Concept Art, full-time (Ottawa)
Algonquin College – Digital Video Post-Production (part-time) (Ottawa)
Centennial College – Art and Design Fundamentals, full-time (Toronto)
Centennial College – Music Supervision and Consulting, course (Toronto)
Centennial College – Animation -3D, full-time (Toronto)
Emily Carr University – Storyboarding, course (Vancouver, BC)
Fanshawe College – Audio Post-Production, full-time (London)
Fanshawe College – Costume Production, full-time (London, ON)
www.georgebrown.ca/programs/screenwriting-and-narrative-design-p400/ George Brown College – Screenwriting and Narrative Design, post-graduate (Toronto)
George Brown College – Video Design and Production, full-time (Toronto)
George Brown College – Sound Design and Production, post-graduate (Toronto)
George Brown College – Visual Effects, post-graduate (Toronto)
George Brown College – Special Effects Makeup, continuing education (Toronto)
George Brown College – Digital Video Editing, continuing education (Toronto)
Humber College – Film and Media Production, full-time undergraduate (Toronto)
Ryerson University – Film Studies, full-time undergraduate (Toronto)
Seneca College – Special Effects Makeup Artistry, part-time (Toronto)
Toronto Film School – Film Production, full-time (Toronto)
Ontario Skilled Trades (Apprenticeships)
City of Toronto – Film
http://www.cinespace.com/ Cinespace (Toronto, ON)
http://www.pinewoodtorontostudios.com/content/film-television-spectrum Pinewood (Toronto, ON)
https://nofstudios.com/ Northern Ontario Film Studios (Sudbury, ON)
https://www.creativesask.ca/soundstage Canada Saskatchewan Production Studios (Regina, SK)
http://www.vancouverfilmstudios.com/ Vancouver Film Studios
http://nsstudios.ca/ North Shore Studios (Vancouver, BC)
http://cmppstudios.com/ Canadian Motion Picture Park Studios (Burnaby, BC)
These organizations support Canadian film and TV in various ways. Some provide specialized grants and training to film-makers, while others present and promote their works on-screen.
www.nfb.ca/ National Film Board of Canada
www.cfccreates.com/ Canadian Film Centre
https://telefilm.ca/en/ TELEFILM Canada
www.cbc.ca/ Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
https://lift.ca/ Liason of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto
www.wift.com/ Women in Film and Television Toronto
www.ilm.com/ Industrial Light and Magic (Vancouver)
www.wvandco.com/filmontario/ Film Ontario
Film festivals take place from coast-to-coast-to-coast, in big cities and smaller communities. Check out this list for one near you – they’re the most fun and exciting way to see what’s current in Canadian film.
www.asinabkafestival.org/ Asinabka Film and Media Arts Festival (Ottawa, ON)
www.finfestival.ca/ Atlantic International Film Festival
https://yukonfilmsociety.com/alff/ Available Light Film Festival (Whitehorse, YT)
www.calgaryfilm.com/ Calgary International Film Festival
www.charlottetownfilmfest.com/ Charlottetown Film Festival (Charlottetown, PE)
https://cinefest.com/ Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival (Sudbury, ON)
https://dreamspeakers.org/ Dreamspeakers International Film Festival (Edmonton, AB)
https://edmontonfilmfest.com/ Edmonton International Film Festival (Edmonton, AB)
www.theemerginglens.com/ The Emerging Lens Cultural Film Festival (Halifax, NS)
https://fantasiafestival.com/en/ Fantasia International Film Festival (Montreal, QC)
https://nouveaucinema.ca/en/ Festival de nouveau cinema (Montreal, QC)
www.ficfa.com/ Festival international du cinéma francophone en Acadie (Moncton, NB)
https://gimlifilm.com/ Gimli Film Festival (Gimli, MB)
www.hotdocs.ca/ Hot Docs! Canadian International Documentary Festival
https://imaginenative.org/ imagineNATIVE Film Festival
www.animationfestival.ca/ Ottawa International Animation Festival (Ottawa, ON)
http://riffa.ca/ Regina International Film Festival (Regina, SK)
www.swiff.ca/ Southwestern International Film Festival (Sarnia, ON)
www.womensfilmfestival.com/ St John’s International Women’s Film Festival (St John’s, NL)
www.tiff.net/ Toronto International Film Festival
www.viff.org/ Vancouver International Film Festival
https://whistlerfilmfestival.com/ Whistler Film Festival (Whistler, BC)
https://windsorfilmfestival.com/ Windsor International Film Festival (Windsor, ON)
www.winnipegfilmfestival.com/ Winnipeg Real to Reel Film Festival (Winnipeg, MB)
www.ykfilmfest.com/ Yellowknife International Film Festival (Yellowknife, NWT)
http://yorktonfilm.com/ Yorkton Film Festival (Yorkton, SK)
Want to dig a bit deeper? These sources can help:
https://noc.esdc.gc.ca/CareerHandbook/ChWelcome/5ccb9d4de56b4f41a12fa0ea3789e2d5 Government of Canada Career Handbook
www.filmtraining.mb.ca/resources/industry-info/ Film Training Manitoba – Industry Info